How to Do the West Coast Swing Sugar Push in Swing Dance

Learn how to do the sugar push in west coast swing dance from dance champion Robert Royston in this Howcast dance video.

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Get into the swing of things by learning how to swing dance. Choreographer Robert Royston, a West Coast Swing instructor and former US Open Swing champion, teaches you the basic elements of swing dance plus how to do popular moves like The Shorty George, the Charleston Step, and the Texas Tommy. He also shows you how to Lindy Hop and the correct way to dip a lady.

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The West Coast Swing Sugar Push So remember that the West Coast Swing basic is walk, walk, triple step, triple step. East Coast Swing has a rock step, West Coast Swing has as walk walk. So, walk, walk, triple step, triple step. I start left, she starts right. The Sugar Push looks like this - walk, walk, triple step, triple step. So again, walk, walk, triple step, triple step. What's going to happen is I'm going to back up left right, she's going to come forward right left. I'm going to present my right hand. I might already have that right hand, but just in case I don't I'm going to present it. She's going to go walk, walk. On this first triple she's going to kind of slowly push into me a little bit and I'm going to absorb that weight or that energy. Triple, sending her back, step. Now I just kind of send her away from me. There's no need for me to take a big step towards her. Step, I let go of the right hand, we triple in place, triple step. Nicola will take her left foot and pull it behind her right as she finishes that pattern. So again, I go walk, walk, triple step, triple step. We'll do that from a different angle. I start left, she starts right. I bring her in, walk, walk. I take my triple kind of in place, triple, just stepping a little bit forward underneath myself, triple step. Then she's going to take her triple step, triple step. I really kind of think like behind and forward. So, we're going to go walk, walk, behind and forward, triple step. So we have a Sugar Push, like the ladies coming in to get a little bit of sugar, and then I send her away. That's walk, walk, triple, triple. That's your Sugar Push. We're going to do it to music. And there's your Sugar Push.

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  • Robert Royston

    Robert Royston began his professional career on the competitive couples dance circuit in 1989, quickly ascending through the ranks and securing the US Open Swing Dance Championship and the World Country Dance Championship, titles he held for four consecutive years (1995 to 1998). In 2007 he became the youngest person to be inducted to the UCWDC Hall of Fame. His exciting, high-energy and original work next led to his choreographing and performing in music videos. An internationally-recognized judge and instructor, Robert teaches 22 different styles of couples dancing and runs his own production company, RoRo Productions.